Minerva Pictures International

Love And Anarchy

Directed by Lina Wertmuller

Film directed by Lina Wertmüller and starring Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato.

The story, set in Fascist Italy before the outbreak of World War II, centers on Giannini’s character, an anarchist who stays in a brothel while preparing to assassinate Benito Mussolini. Giannini’s character falls in love with one of the women working in the brothel. This film explores the depths of his emotions concerning love, his hate for fascism, and his fears of being killed while assassinating Mussolini.

Love and Anarchy was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and Giannini was awarded Best Actor.

Festivals & Awards

Cannes Film Festival 1973
Winner: Best Actor - Giancarlo Giannini
Nominee Palme d'Or - Lina Wertmüller

Golden Goblets, Italy 1973 - Winner: Plate - Best New Actress - Lina Polito

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 1974
Winner: Silver Ribbon - Best New Actress: Lina Polito
Best Actor - Giancarlo Giannini

Nominee: Silver Ribbon - Best Original Story - Lina Wertmüller

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1974 - Nominee: NYFCC Award - Best Actress: Mariangela Melato

Original Title

  • Italy, France
  • 1973
  • 100 min.
  • Italian


  • Giancarlo Giannini
  • Mariangela Melato


  • Comedy
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